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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-19-2019, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Readjusting handlebar tilt angle

After comparing some photos and eyeing the bike, I think I can get pretty much the handlebar setup I want = by readjusting the angle of the stock bars forward. I don't want full on ape hangers, just a slightly higher grip and more extension room for my arms. Keeping the stock bars saves me ~$100 plus whatever it may cost to extend the wires and cables... I know this will change the handling but overall seems to be a worthy adjustment.

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Are those just welch plugs over the four bolts holding the handlebars in place?

Any purpose to them other than aesthetics?

---> Is drilling through them the only option for making handlebar angle adjustments?

Any idea where I could find replacements if drilling them out is the only way to get to the bolts?

Thanks guys. Any other relevant handlebar suggestions are appreciated.

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they're only chrome buttons, the hex socket bolts are underneath.


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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-19-2019, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, any better way to remove them than drilling?
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like this.

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Ok, the image was helpful. I'll see if I can get a small knife around the edge to work them out.
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Here is info about position when riding. And a cool site that shows you angles.



https://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/ha...osition#page-2



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Put a towel or something soft on the tank when you loosen them up unless you like a dented tank.
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Ok, the image was helpful. I'll see if I can get a small knife around the edge to work them out.

EXACTLY......... I have the same buttons on my 2001 Spirit 750.


The wife and I on My, 2001 Shadow Spirit
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Here is info about position when riding. And a cool site that shows you angles.




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Unless I'm blind the VT700 isn't listed. There are a ton of models so I may have missed it.
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Didn't see the VT700 either, but I did use the VT750 from an adjacent year to map things out in consideration of the advice in the health article swifty linked too.

As far as posture, the new handlebar positioning makes it more natural to sit with a straight back, and without my shoulders rolled forward so much due to the lower original grip.

As an additional benefit, I've got more confidence in my sideview mirrors now that they are positioned a bit higher. And not gonna lie, its added some fun to the ride (maybe just because i'm adjusting to a "new" feel), kind of feels more like flying with the arms outstretched a little more.

Definitely recommend this quick adjustment to others.

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